Bob Welch

I was born and lived in Canada until age 15 when my family moved to Lake Charles. After 5 years I
became a naturalized citizen. Earning BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University
of Texas at Austin, I joined ExxonMobil Research in Baton Rouge in 1968. During my 40-year career we
lived in New Jersey and London before returning to Baton Rouge in 1986 subsequently sprinkled with a
pair of 2-year, temporary assignments in New Jersey. Following retirement in 2007 I have continued to
consult for ExxonMobil except for a 2-year pause caused by Covid. I enjoy working with teams of young
professionals on research projects that ultimately could benefit people in various parts of the world.
I grew up in a loving but unchurched family. When I met my wife, Lucy, in 1970 I was introduced to the
Gospel and believed when I heard Josh McDowell’s LSU lecture on Evidence for the Resurrection. The
Lord gave me spiritual eyes to see and realize that if the Resurrection is true, then the whole Bible is
true! Since 1971, the Lord has blessed Lucy and me in so many ways to grow our faith, and our marriage.
We adopted our 2 children from a Christian agency in New Jersey. Our son, Matthew, went home to
Heaven in 2018. Our daughter, Andi Lynn, her husband Ken, and our 3 grandchildren, Melina, Henry,
and Charlie live here in Baton Rouge. Since 2012 I have served as an elder at Christ Covenant, virtually
since its inception. Lucy and I are grateful to the church for its support of the GriefShare ministry we
facilitate to minister to those who have lost loved ones. I enjoy reading, walking, biking with my
grandchildren, and vacationing in the mountains and at the beach. The blend of all ages at our church
makes it especially enjoyable to lead men’s Bible studies and to have discussions/prayers with
participants at SNG.